How to Roast a Chicken


  • 1 Roaster Chicken approx. 4-5 lbs organic is best
  • 1 lemon
  • olive oil
  • 2 whole onions
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • Vegetables of your choice - carrots potatoes, celery, etc...
  • Salt and Pepper to taste - additional seasonings as desired


  1. preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Clean out the cavity of the chicken
  3. Pat the chicken dry - inside and out
  4. Rub olive oil over the skin - on all sides
  5. Season with salt and pepper (or additional seasonings as desired) *You can also add olive oil and seasonings between the skin and the breasts
  6. Place a wire rack in the roaster pan. *If you do not have a rack, you can place it on the bottom of the pan on top of the onions, carrots, potatoes, etc... We find that using a rack helps the chicken cook more evenly.
  7. Tie together with cooking twine that has been soaked in water.
  8. Tie together with cooking twine that has been soaked in water.
  9. Season the inside of the cavity with salt and pepper. Stuff it with 1/2 of an onion that is quartered, the juice of half a lemon, and the remaining half of the lemon itself, carrots and celery. You can also add thyme, rosemary, or any other seasoning that you prefer. Tie legs together with cooking twine that has been soaked in water.
  10. Place lid on the roaster and place in oven for 45 minutes.
  11. In the meantime, prepare your vegetables - cutting them into large chunks. Toss in olive oil and season with salt and pepper and the juice of half a lemon.
  12. Once the chicken has roasted for 45 minutes, open the lid and scatter the vegetables on the bottom of the roasting pan. Replace the lid and continue to roast for an additional hour.
  13. With roasting at this high of a temperature, we do not have to remove the lid to brown the skin. However, every pan is different, so check your chicken after a total roasting time of 1 hour, 15 minutes and remove the lid to brown as needed.
  14. Once the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, remove from oven and let rest on a carving plate under a foil tent for 20 minutes before carving.

Recipe Notes

It is best to place your chicken at room temperature for approximately 30 minutes prior to preparing
Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms